Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 18:1-2. The Savior’s Suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane

Choice 1: Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 18:1-2. The Savior’s Suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane

1) Review Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22: 39-46, making a list of words and phrases that describe the Savior’s suffering. Include in your list clarifications provided in the footnotes.

 

  • Began to be sorrowful and very heavy (Matthew 26:37): GR-Or began to be distressed and troubled.
  • Exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death (Matthew 26:38): GR-Deeply grieved; TG-Pain; Sorrow
  • The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41)
  • Betrayed into the hands of sinners (Matthew 26:45): TG: Betrayal of Jesus Christ
  • Sore amazed and very heavy (Mark 14:33): GR-amazed, awestruck, astonished; GR-depressed, dejected, in anguish.
  • And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him (Luke 22:43): TG Angels
  • Being in an agony (Luke 22:44): TG-Pain
  • His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground (Luke 22:44): JST Luke 22:44…and he sweat as it were great drops of blood…; Mosiah 3:7; Doctrine and Covenants 19:18. TG Jesus Christ, Atonement through.

2) Write additional insights about the Savior’s suffering in Gethsemane found in the following resources:

 

  • Mosiah 3:7; Alma 7:11-13; Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-19

–          Mosiah 3:7

a) suffer temptations, pain of body, hunger, thirst, fatigue (even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death); great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.

 

–          Alma 7:11-13

a) suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; he will take upon him their infirmities; that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities; the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people; that he might blot out their transgressions

 

–          Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-19

a) v. 16: “For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;”; tremble because of pain; bleed at every pore; suffer both body and spirit.

 

  • The institute student manual commentary for “To What Extent Was the Atonement Completed in the Garden of Gethsemane?” (p.173)

–          “the agony of Gethsemane had recurred, intensified beyond human power to endure”; “In that bitterest hour the dying Christ was alone, alone in most terrible reality”; “Father seems to have withdrawn the support of His immediate Presence, leaving to the Savior of men the glory of complete victory over the forces of sin and death”; “Sweet and welcome as would have been the relief of death in any of the earlier stages of His suffering from Gethsemane to the cross, He lived until all things were accomplished as had been appointed”.

  • The institute student manual commentary for Luke 22:44, “And Being in an Agony, He Prayed More Earnestly” (pp. 173-74)

–          “even he grows in grace and ascends to higher heights of unity with the Father”. “Strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death”; “Yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered”; “he became the author of eternal salvation until all them that obey him”; “There came upon Him the weight and agony of ages and generations”; “indescribable agony”; “suffered in His own person the consequences of an eternal law of God broken by men”; “overpowering torture, all experienced in the submission to the eternal fiat of Jehovah and the requirements of an inexorable law”; “not simply the suffering of personal death”; “Groaning beneath this concentrated load, this intense, incomprehensible pressure, this terrible exaction of Divine Justice, from which feeble humanity shrank”; “He had wrestled with the superincumbent load in the wilderness, He had struggled against the powers of darkness that had been let loose upon him there…His mind surcharged with agony and pain…lonely and apparently helpless and forsaken”.

  • The institute student manual commentary for Luke 22:44, “And His Sweat Was As It Were Great Drops of Blood Falling Down to the Ground” (p.174)

–          “He suffered through fear of death”; “it is within His power to lay down His life voluntarily”; “a spiritual agony of soul such as only God was capable of experiencing”; “Christ met and overcame all the horrors that Satan, ‘the prince of this world’ could inflict”; “supreme contest with the powers of evil”;

3) Read Matthew 26:36 and the institute student manual commentary for Matthew 26:36, “Then Cometh Jesus…unto a Place Called Gethsemane” (pp. 172-173). Write a paragraph about how the meaning of Gethsemane adds insight to what the Savior experienced there.

 

  • In the student manual, it is mentioned that, “John refers to the spot as a garden, from which designation we may regard it as an enclosed space of private ownership”. It is also mentioned that Gethsemane was assumingly a place where Christ would go to pray and confidentially meet with His disciples. I bet it was amazing for Christ to be experiencing this especially being that His surroundings were so , “close to home”. This time, He was alone in regard to someone being there to sort of hold His hand as he suffered through this.

4) Write response to each of the following questions, looking for lessons you can apply to  your own life from the example of the Savior in Gethsemane:

 

  • What were the Savior’s disciples doing while He was praying? What had the Lord taught the Apostles in Matthew 26:41? What does His example teach about how to be obedient even when “the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak?” How does Doctrine and Covenants 10:5 apply to this verse?

–          The Savior’s disciples were sleeping while He was praying.

–          In Matthew 26:41, the Lord taught the Apostles that they should, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation”.

–          His example teaches us that in order to be obedient, we need to follow what our spirit is telling us to do, no matter what. He admits/implies that it will definitely be difficult for us to overcome the natural man, but the Holy Ghost can help us to do so.

–          In Doctrine and Covenants 10:5, it says, “And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things”. When the Holy Ghost is telling us to do something, it is telling us the truth of what we need to do. Thus, we have even more reason for why we need to follow its promptings.

  • Read Mosiah 15:7; 3 Nephi 11:11; Doctrine and Covenants 19:19. Write the phrases from these verses that describe what motivated the Savior to “drink the bitter cup.”

–          “the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father” (Mosiah 15:7).

–          “which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world” (3 Nephi 11:11).

–          “Nevertheless, glory be to the Father” (Doctrine and Covenants 19:19)

  • Write your thoughts about the Savior’s use of the word nevertheless in Matthew 26:39; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42. In each of these accounts, what did the Savior initially ask for? What did He say next, using the word nevertheless? What does it require to submit one’s will to the Father in this way, no matter how painful or difficult the outcome might be? When have you followed the “nevertheless” pattern the Savior exemplified in these verses by submitting to Heavenly Father’s will even though it was very difficult?

–          Matthew 26:39

A) Initial asking: For the Father to allow the cup to pass from Him.

B) Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.

 

–          Mark 14:36

A) Initial asking: For the Father to take away the cup from Him.

B) Nevertheless, not what I will, but what thou wilt.

 

–          Luke 22:42

A) Initial asking: If the Father was willing, that He would remove the cup from Him

B) Nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done.

 

–          In order to submit one’s will to the Father, you must be willing to give your absolute all for the Father’s will, even if it means unto death.

–          As far as my own life goes, I saw the “nevertheless” pattern when I was going through a very difficult time in my family which I am not going to give the details of. Ultimately, I was required to face the fact that I would possibly never see my biological mother again.

  • According to Luke 22:44, as the Savior’s agony became more intense, how did His prayer change? Do you feel more like praying or less like praying when you are suffering? When has it made a difference in your suffering to have turned to the Lord with more earnest prayer?

–          According to Luke 22:44, Christ prayed more earnestly as a result of His agony intensifying. I guess I feel more like praying when I am suffering because I guess it is at those times when I feel the most alone and feel the greatest need for the companionship of the Savior.

–          I will admit that I do not really have an experience in which praying more earnestly has made a difference in my suffering. I have seen its results in others, though.

  • Reflect on what you have learned about the Savior’s suffering in Gethsemane. Write a paragraph about lessons you can apply to your own life from the example of the Savior in Gethsemane.

–          It is absolutely incredible to think about what the Savior willingly went through for me to be able to return back to my Heavenly Father. I think I can apply this by graciously taking advantage of the fact that the Savior cared about me and loved me so very much that he was willing to die for me. When I am suffering in one way or another, I can try to look at the situation from a different perspective and try to find the positive in it. Though it may be difficult, I can also see those times as opportunities to show even more gratitude for what the Savior has done for me.

 

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John 13:34-35. A New Commandment

1) According to John 13:34-35, how can others know if we are disciples of Jesus Christ?

 

  • By our expression of love towards one another.

2) List some specific ways a disciple of Jesus Christ might respond in the following situations (in accordance with John 13:34-35):

 

  • Someone you know is ridiculed or made fun of because of the way he or she dresses.

–          Sincerely compliment the person who is being made fun of and also compliment the wardrobe of the person who is ridiculing. Maybe actually mention some really neat aspects of the person being made fun of.

  • You see a new person at church.

–          Go sit by them at church and introduce yourself and do things that would make that person feel welcomed and loved. If (and maybe if not) they are sitting alone invite them to come sit with you or you can sit with them if they would like.

3) Ponder the question, “Do people know that I am a disciple of Jesus Christ by the way I treat them?” Select a family member, coworker, or neighbor and make a short list of things you can do during the coming week to show him or her the kind of love the Savior would show. Then follow through with what you wrote down.

 

  • Individual: My boss at work (Childcare Center)

–          Try to remain positive, interested, and motivated as I go throughout the work week whether or not she is in the room with me.

–          Refrain from talking about her behind her back and do not continue the conversation if my other coworker starts doing that very thing.

–          Do not do things that I know she would not approve of (as long as they seem logical…long story)

–          Compliment her at least twice during the week.

–          Smile as I go about the work week

–          Do not talk back to her or even start to talk back to her. If an issue arises deal with it appropriately.

 

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Mark 13; Luke 21:5-38; Joseph Smith-Matthew. Preparing for the Savior’s Coming

1. Review Mark 13: 5, 9, 23, 33, 35, 37 and identify the words take heed and watch in each verse. List at least 3 things from this chapter that believers could watch for in order to be prepared to meet the Lord.

 

* Those that may deceive, or at least attempt to deceive, you.

* Continue praying as we watch for the signs of the coming of the Savior.

* Watch ourselves. In that we should watch and be aware of the day when people will turn their backs on us and persecute with the hoped outcome of forcing us to deny our testimony.

 

2. Explain in writing any other additional truths that are taught in these references about how to prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

* Doctrine and Covenants 87:8

* Joseph Smith-Matthew 1:32, 37, 46-50

* Doctrine and Covenants 33:17

* Doctrine and Covenants 45: 56-57

 

-Stand in holy places and do not move from those places

-Treasure the word of God.

-Always be ready as no one except the Father knows when the Second Coming is going to occur.

-Be a “faithful and wise servant”

-Pray always

-“Wise and have received the truth”

-Take Holy Spirit as our guide.

 

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Overview of the Last Week of the Savior’s Mortal Ministry

Read the information in the institute student manual about “The Last Days of Jesus’ Mortal Mission (pp. 135-137). Then fill in the following chart with key events that took place during the Savior’s final week of mortality:

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 (Sabbath) Day of the Resurrection
*Jesus arrives in Jerusalem with a donkey and a colt.

* “Very great multitude” placed palm branches in way and greeted him.

* Went directly to temple.

*Retired to Bethany for the night.

* Jesus made decisive thrust calculated to challenge Jewish religious leadership.

*Drove out of the temple those who were trading and making money exchange.

* Purpose of the temple set forth.

* Jesus returns to Bethany for the night.

* Priests challenged Him when Christ entered into the temple (asking Him by what authority he  was doing the things that he did).

* Jesus condemned scribes and Pharisees as hypocrites.

*Jesus no longer was going to teach the public, but rather only the twelve.

*Jewish leaders consulted as to how they would kill Jesus.

* Judas offered to betray Christ.

*Spent outside the city, possibly at Bethany

* Not much is known about the proceedings of this day.

*Jesus arranged to commemorate the Passover in a home privately reserved for Him and the twelve.

* Jesus introduced ordinance of the sacrament.

*Indicated who was going to betray Him.

*Jesus offered great intercessory prayer.

* Jesus led the “eleven” to Gethsemane.

* Went further into the garden with Peter, James, and John.

*Jesus went off by himself to pray.

*Jesus suffered “the pain of all men” an agony so excruciating that it caused him to bleed at every pore.

* Indicated that betrayer was at hand.

* Armed band led by Judas approached Jesus to seize him.

*Jesus submitted without resistance.

* Jesus was brought to an illegal trial that night.

*Jewish leader were not content that Jesus should be put to death; they also wanted to discredit him before his own people.

*Leaders arranged to have Jesus charged with two crimes.

*Leaders had to find political indictment against Jesus.

* Jesus was executed by the brutal Roman practice of crucifixion.

*Christ voluntarily gave up his spirit.

* Before nightfall, Jesus’ body was removed from the cross and buried in a sealed tomb by two revering disciples.

* Jewish Sabbath.

*Jesus’ body remained in the tomb

* In Spirit, Christ ministered in the realm of departed spirits.

* Gospel story and “good news” became evident.

* Jesus was risen and was seen again by many witnesses.

*Jesus Christ emerged alive from the tomb, and appeared before Mary.

*Testimony of these witnesses constitutes the gospel story, the “good news.”

 

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Matthew 19:16-30; 20:1-16. Earthly and Heavenly Rewards.

Choice 1: Matthew 19:16-30; 20:1-16. Earthly and Heavenly Rewards

1) Review Matthew 19:16-30 and write responses to the following questions and tasks:

 

  • What indications can you find that suggest why the young man decided not to follow the Savior? How does Matthew 6:19-24 help explain his choice?

–          There is a total of 10 commandments…then man only mentioned 7 in the verses

–          “But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions”.

–          Matthew 6:19-24=This man chose earthly treasures over heavenly treasures because he seemingly felt that they were too valuable to give up.

  • What blessings did the Savior promise to those who make sacrifices to follow Him?

–          “receive an hundredfold”

–          Inherit eternal life

–          I guess the two blessings were eternal life and being sort of over-reimbursed for that which the person sacrificed.

  • Based on the Savior’s response to Peter, write a paragraph that could help you put the Lord first in your life (see also the additional details in Mark 10:17-31).

–          It sort of seems as though if I put the Lord first in my life, then He will acknowledge me as “first” in the kingdom of God. If I impart to others that which only exists on earth but is also essential for human survival, then I will receive a more than equal amount of those “treasures” in exchange for eternal spiritual treasures. According to the book of Mark, we will actually be over-reimbursed for those earthly things that sacrifice in the Lord’s name and on top of that we will ultimately inherit eternal life and the kingdom of our Father in Heaven.

2) Review the parable in Matthew 20:1-16 and consider what rewards come to those who serve in the Lord’s kingdom. Complete the chart below, filling in the blanks with information you find in Matthew 20:

The hour the laborers were hired

How much the man agreed to pay

Hours worked

How much they were actually paid

Early in the morning

1 penny/day

12

1 penny

Third

1 penny/day

9

1 penny

Sixth

1 penny/day

6

1 penny

Ninth

1 penny/day

3

1 penny

Eleventh

1 penny/day

1

1 penny

 

1) Respond in writing to each of the following questions:

 

  • What do we learn from this parable about serving in the Lord’s kingdom?

–          The Lord is always honest about how much he will reward and we should not expect more than that which he as agreed with us on.

  • What message of comfort can this parable have for converts to the Church?

–          No matter how long the period of time was between when they converted and when they died, they will not receive less blessings than other, more long-term, members of the Church receive.

  • What would you tell someone who feels it is unfair for each of the laborers to be paid equally?

–          I would tell them that regardless of whether they feel the pay amount is “fair” or not, they agreed before they even started the job that they would be paid a certain amount. Heavenly Father does not break his promises and agreements.

 

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Luke 10:38-42; 11:1-13; 12:13-40; 13:23-24; 14:16-33. Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.

1) Read Luke 10:38-42; 11:1-13; 12:13-40; 13:23-24; 14:16-33 and the institute manual commentary for Luke 11:5-13, “The Parable of the Friend at Midnight” (p.115). Make a list of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and what the Savior taught about counting the costs of following Him.

 

  • Receive Christ into their house
  • Give as much to others as they need (those who come to us in search of help).
  • Pray in the way that Christ has instructed us to pray.
  • “Ask, Seek, Knock”
  • Give “good gifts” unto our children and fellow men
  • Do not become prideful in those earthly things which they possess
  • Do not worry about those earthly matters but rather remain faithful and look towards eternal matters.
  • Do not aim to change things that they do not have control over.
  • Always live their lives in a way that would be pleasing unto the Lord.
  • Work towards being able to enter into the fold of God at the “strait gate”.
  • Do not put inviting others to hear the gospel at a lesser priority that it should be as fitting to their individual lifestyle.
  • “bear his cross, and come after” Christ
  • Thoroughly think before they act
  • “forsaketh…all that he hath”
  • Ask “in faith and with righteous intent” for that which they need
  • Have “a consciousness of a real need for prayer, and real trust in God”

2) Identify one of the teachings from your list that you would like to apply more fully in your life. Write a paragraph about how you could apply  that teaching and what difference you believe it would make in your life.

 

  • Teaching: Pray in the way that Christ has instructed us to pray
  • I could apply this teaching in a variety of ways in my individual life. I often find myself sort of forgetting to say my prayers sometimes before I go to bed at night even though I know that I need to. I also can apply it by creating a habit of saying my prayers every single morning, even when I am rushing to leave and ride my bike to work. I can be more involved when I am saying my prayers rather than just saying the same thing every single time. If I am home alone and thus am eating dinner alone, mute the TV while I say my prayer. Pray at breakfast even though I may be tired and/or in a rush to leave for work or some other duty. I believe that making this change in my life would make me a lot less stressed as I go through my daily routines. I believe that it will help me to develop a stronger relationship with my Heavenly Father. I believe that I would feel the Spirit in my life a lot more than I already do. I believe that I would feel the love my Heavenly Father has for me so much more often and that I will be able to maintain an appropriate level of self-esteem, even when times get rough. Be able to pull through those personal spiritual struggles that need to be resolved in whatever way needed. Strengthen my relationship with the members of my family and see the bright side of things more often.

3) Read Luke 14:33; Omni 1:26; Mosiah 2:34; Matthew 13:44-46. Explain in writing what is ultimately required to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Luke 14:33-“So likewise, whoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple”.

Omni 1:26-“And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved”.

Mosiah 2:34-“I say unto you, that there are not any among you, except it be your little children that have not been taught concerning these things, but what knoweth that ye are eternally indebted to your heavenly Father, to render to him all that you have and are; and also have been taught concerning the records which contain the prophecies which have been spoken by the holy prophets, even down to the time our father, Lehi, left Jerusalem”.

Matthew 13:44-46-“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it”.

In order to be a disciple of Christ, we must ultimately give of all that we have to our fellow men and offer our whole souls unto Christ, as our individual souls ultimately belong to our Heavenly Father.

 

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Choice 3: Matthew 18:1-14. “Become as Little Children”

1) Review Matthew 18:3-4; Doctrine and Covenants 78:17-18. Explain in writing the ways we are like little children. In these verses, how does the Lord say He will help us?

Ways we are like little children:

  • We are converted in the eyes of the Lord
  • We are humbled
  • If we are like little children then we have the “opportunity” to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
  • If we are like little children then we have the “opportunity” to be seen as greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
  • We have not yet fully understood the blessings that Heavenly Father has prepared for and will give to us.
  • We are not able to bear all things on our own

How does the Lord say He will help us?

  • If we are like little children then we will have the blessing of entering into the kingdom of heaven.
  • If we are like little children then we will have the blessing of being seen as one of the greatest in the kingdom of heaven
  • He will lead us along and we can have faith enough to remain in good cheer
  • We will inherit the kingdom of heaven
  • The blessings of the kingdom of heaven will thus be ours
  • We will inherit the riches of eternity

2) Read Mosiah 3:19 and list the ways in which we are to become as little children.

  • Yield to the enticing of the Holy Spirit
  • Put off the natural man
  • Become a saint through the atonement of Christ
  • Become submissive, meek, humble, patient and full of love
  • Be willing to submit to all things which the Lord sees fit to inflict upon each of us

 

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Matthew 14:14-21; 15:32-38. The Feeding of the Multitudes

1. The Savior provided two similar miracles. As a summary of what took place, complete the following chart.

Matthew 14:14-21 Matthew 15:32-38
How many people were present? 5,000 men, beside women and children

The disciples (12?)

4,000 men, beside women and children

The disciples (12?)

What did they need? Food (bread and fishes) Food (bread and fishes)
What were they able to offer in an effort to meet that need? There is not really anything specific listed that they were able to offer in order to have their need met. Maybe they offered their presence as a multitude. Well, it says that they continued with Christ for 3 days without eating so I guess they were able to rely on their faith in Him in order to survive.
What words or phrases describe the Savior’s feeling toward the multitudes in their time of need? “…and was moved with compassion toward them,”

“…and looking up to heaven, he blessed…”

“…I have compassion on the multitude…”

“…I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.”

“…And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them…”

What words or phrases describe what the Savior was able to provide for the multitudes? “…he healed their sick”

“…They need not depart”

“…give ye them to eat”

“…took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.”

“…and they did all eat, and were filled”

“…I will not send them away fasting…”

“…And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.”

“…And they did all eat, and were filled…”

“…they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.”

2. In each story, the available food was insufficient to feed the multitude, yet with the help of the Lord the insufficiency was overcome. Read Romans 3:23, and explain in writing another way human effort is insufficient in receiving the glory of God. According to Ether 12:27, how does the Lord help us overcome this insufficiency?

Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

  • Being that we have all sinned at some point in our lives or will sin sometime during the rest of our life on earth, none of us will be able to receive the glory of God on our own.

Ether 12:27: “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.”

  • Christ helps us to understand that we do need help and to recognize our weaknesses so that we can be humbled and not become prideful. The thing is, we MUST humble ourselves before Him and have diligent faith in Him. If we do these things, then He will lift the burden from our shoulders.
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Matthew 11:1-19; Luke 7:18-35. John the Baptist

1) Read Matthew 11:1-19; Luke 7:18-35

  • What did the 2 disciples of John the Baptist ask Jesus Christ?

A: If He was the Christ that should come or if they should wait for someone else.

  • The Savior told them to go back to John and tell what they saw and heard. After reading these accounts, explain three things you would have told John if you had been with those two men.

A:

  1. By the works of Jesus Christ, those who were not respected as the poorest social class of the people were given the opportunity to hear and learn of the gospel.
  2. Jesus Christ allowed those who were blind to be able to see again under the command of His word.
  3. Jesus Christ made it possible for those who had suffered physical death to then be able to live life eternally.

 

2) Read the institute manual commentary for Matthew 11:2-3, “Did John Doubt That Jesus Was the Messiah?”. Explain why John wanted his disciples to go to Jesus Christ.

A: John wanted his disciples to go to Jesus Christ so that they would be convinced that they needed to detach themselves from John and follow Christ instead.

3) Read the institute student manual commentary for Matthew 11:11, “No Greater Prophet than John the Baptist”.

Part 1: What did the Savior say about John the Baptist in Matthew 11:11 and Luke 7:28?

A: There was not a greater individual born of a woman than John the Baptist.

Part 2: Provide 3 reasons given by Joseph Smith why John the Baptist is considered among the greatest prophets.

A:

  1. “He was entrusted with a divine mission of preparing the way before the face of the Lord”.
  2. “He was entrusted with the important mission, and it was required at his hands, to baptize the Son of Man”.
  3. “John, at that time, was the only legal administrator in the affairs of the kingdom there was then on the earth, and holding the keys of power”.

 

4) What does John 3:30 suggest about John the Baptist and his attitude toward the Savior? Briefly describe how we could apply a similar attitude in our own lives.

A: John 3:30

  • John the Baptist certainly recognizes the fact that he is much “lesser” than Jesus Christ, the Savior, and he is very humble about this fact.
  • We can, as we go through our daily lives, remain as humble servants to our Father in Heaven, and to His Son, Jesus Christ. We can remember to never become prideful in ourselves and to never think of ourselves at a higher “status” than He.

CLOSING COMMENTS FROM THE POSTER: There are some ideas related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that I have introduced in this blog post, such as a man named Joseph Smith. If you are interested in learning more about this truth, please feel free to reference LDS.org. Thanks!

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Matthew 8-9; Mark 2. Miracles Are Evidence of Faith and God’s Power

Reference Miracles of the Lord Who Demonstrated Faith
Matthew 8:1-4 Cleansed an incidence of leprosy The leper
Matthew 8: 5-13 Healed the servant of the certurion who was sick of the palsy The centurion
Matthew 8: 14-15 Healed Peter’s mother-in-law who had a fever Peter (?)
Matthew 8:16 Cast out the devils and healed the sick Those who were possessed with the devils and those who were sick (?)
Matthew 8:23-27 Caused the wind and the sea to be calmed Christ’s disciples (?): It describes them in the scriptures being of little faith
Matthew 8:28-34 Cast out devils and sent them to possess the swine. Those who were possessed with the devils that were coming out of the tombs.
Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34 Healed the woman who had an issue with her blood for 12 years. The woman who was diseased
Matthew 9:27-31 Healed the two individuals who were blind after having them prove their faith. The 2 men who were blind
Mark 2:1-12 Healed the individual who was sick of the palsy/forgived his sins by showing that the Son of man had power on earth to forgive sins (?) The individual who was sick of the palsy; Eventually the scribes who were sort of questioning Christ’s authority.

Explain in writing how it affects your faith to know that God has this kind of power.

  • It is such an incredible strengthening to my faith. From this it seems as though it really does not take much to be worthy to be forgiven of my sins. It strengthens the idea that God is not going to help those who do not even believe that He can help them. Logically, otherwise it just would not really make sense. It is showing the 2 way responsibility between my Father in Heaven and I.

 

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